Massachusetts has a bill filed in September 2015 that would commission a study of the impact of changing the state’s time zone from Eastern Time to Atlantic Time.
Normally I search pretty rigorously for phrases relating to “daylight saving time” and “time zone”, but I’ve missed any reference to this bill, until today.
The bill as written would form the commission which was to convene its first meeting no later than January 1, 2016, and report its findings no later than January 1, 2017. Senator John Keenan is listed as the bill’s sponsor.
According to the Bill History tab of the bill’s page on the state’s legislative site, there was a hearing scheduled on October 30, 2015, but no additional information could be found relating to this effort.
Time Zone Report has sent an email to Sen. Keenan requesting more information.
We found a related news article online from December 2015.
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Maine considered going on Atlantic Time a few years ago. I remember most comments I read about the proposal by state residents were centered on how late football games, like the Super Bowl, would be on television. I wonder if that was a primary reason the proposal didn’t get anywhere.